If the thought of cleaning your Chicago home this spring doesn’t bring a smile to your face, you’re not alone.
To help you get going now, here is a short list of the 6 essential spring-cleaning chores.
1. Store winter clothes.
It’s time to pack away your winter clothes.
Coats, sweaters, and bulkier clothing need to be inspected, cleaned and packed away.
Store your clothes somewhere clean, cool, dark and dry.
2. Wash window treatments.
You’ll be surprised at the huge amount of dirt and grime that a thorough window cleaning removes.
Wash blinds, launder curtains that are machine washable and send drapes to the dry cleaners.
While you’re at it, dust the window casing, wash your windowsills and clean any window hardware.
3. Clean carpets and upholstery.
You need to deep clean your fabrics that have absorbed a winter’s worth of dust and germs.
Shampoo your carpets and clean cloth furniture.
Open windows to speed the drying process, which can take a day or more.
4. Wash woodwork, walls, baseboards and cabinets.
Even if the walls of your home don’t look like they need cleaning, they do.
Just enough dust clings to vertical surfaces to warrant a seasonal bath.
Using a sponge and dish-washing soap, wash the surface in sections to make sure you don’t miss a spot.
5. Clean light and ceiling fixtures.
To clean your light fixtures, remove the light bulb and fixture if possible.
Wash the glass fixtures in soap and water. Wipe the light bulbs with a rag.
If the fixture cannot be removed from the ceiling, use a damp cloth to wipe it off and then dry the fixtures.
The easiest way to clean your ceiling fans is to use a vacuum with a soft nozzle attachment.
6. Check your coils.
Caked-on dust can cause your refrigerator to overheat, so take the time to clean the condenser coil.
It’s usually found behind the toe grille.
Clean it with a long-handled bottle brush and a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment.
Put on your favorite music and start your spring cleaning today. It’ll be done before you know it.
Then you can relax and enjoy your sparkling clean home.
If you’re getting ready to sell your home and need more cleaning tips to help smooth the sales process, call your favorite licensed real estate professional today!